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Edition No. 131

Date:- 26 December 2003

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WIGAN KEEPERS 24 SANDSTORMERS 12

SOUTHPORT SANDSTORMERS traveled to Wigan to play unbeaten Wigan Keepers in Saturday’s last league game of 2004. With more players back from injury a stronger team took to the field. But wet, heavy and windy conditions do not fever Southport’s style of play. 

Both sides played some open football and defended well, but Southport’s first mistake let Wigan in for the first try. Southport fought well with some very good defense from Frank Dunn, Neil Newton and Dave Beadle. Then they started to put some good attacking play together putting the home side under pressure, but poor ball control kept letting Southport down and you can not beat top teams by giving them the ball. Southport had to do a lot of defending but they stuck to the task. Eventually some good handling Chris Dresher Chris Brown brought a well deserved try for Robbie Fawcett converted by Kevin Hall. From the kick off some very poor defense and Wigan scored another try. Again more poor ball control from Southport and another try for the home side. But at 18-6 down playing up a slight hill and against the wind with only a couple of minutes to go it could still be Southport’s game. A try as the whistle was about to blow for the end of the first half the Wigan side went in for another try to go 24-6 up at the break.

After the restart Southport started to play much better rugby and put all the pressure on the home side. Powerful running from full back John Horrocks almost braking the line on mere than one occasion with backing up by Paul Jamieson saw Vinny Roberts held just short of the line, more powerful running and teamwork brought a well deserved try for Steve Tobin again converted by Hall. Southport were now in control of the game but it was still poor ball control that was still letting then down. A lot of very good play was going to waste with mistakes, if Southport could complete more sets of six they would win more games. The game was still within Southport’s grasp but the home side were very well organized keeping the visitor’s attacks at bay. Going close on a number of occasions but possibly unlucky a couple of times Southport could not break the home sides defense. With the only try of the half coming from Southport at least they won the second half.

The next league game is at home to Accrington 3rd January 2004 K.O. 2-00 pm. On the 27th December 2003, Southport RL play Southport RU one half League the other Union at Waterloo Rd K.O. 2-00 pm.

Anyone interested in Rugby League contact Doug Parkin 01772 813015 Brian Clifford 01704 833053 

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Get in touch with your mind, body and soul...

THERE'S a world of learning in store for Liverpool people who want to make a new start for the new year... The city council's Education and Lifelong Learning service is holding hundreds of fun, educational courses all over the city from January - to reach out to your 'mind, body and soul'. It's the perfect opportunity for local people to stick to those New Year's resolutions - whether it's to get fit, learn a new skill, or get in touch with their inner selves. For the mind, there's computer classes, foreign language courses, English and Maths workshops, first aid and even local and family history. For the body, there's Tai Chi, yoga, aerobics, swimming and alternative therapies. And for the soul, there's art classes, guitar lessons, jazz workshops and craft courses. There's even courses to prepare you for the entrance exams to the fire, police and ambulance services, business start-up courses and improving interview skills. 

The city council's Executive Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Paul Clein, said:- "Many local people who want to learn a new skill think courses don't start until September, but there's plenty of opportunity for people to join our courses in January, and make a new start for the New Year. 

There's no better time for local people to take up a new hobby, turn over a new leaf, or try something they've always wanted to. There are hundreds of courses, for beginners right up to experts, which will really help local people reach their full potential."


To find out more about any of the courses on offer across the city from January, please contact the city council's education and lifelong learning helpline on 0151 233 1600. Information leaflets are also available at libraries and community venues throughout the city.

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